On Monday Conan O’Brien appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight to discuss his career in comedy.
He started in college as a writer for The Harvard Lampoon Humor magazine. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a writer for various failed TV shows. His first big break came in 1988 when he was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live. In 1991 he became a writer and producer on The Simpsons. In 1993 he was invited to audition for the hosting position on Late Night. He got the part and while the first few years were not well-received the show eventually found its footing and its audience. It was the perfect place for his off-the-wall sense of humor to shine. In 2009 Jay Leno was going to retire from The Tonight Show and O’Brien would take his place
In the new time slot it seemed to Conan’s loyal audience that something was lost in translation. He catered to a different audience, therefore, he toned down his shtick, and was just not the same Conan that people grew to love on Late Night.
Then, the infamous squabble. Leno’s new prime time show was not doing well and the network wanted to put Leno back on The Tonight Show. After struggling to keep the show and a few really subtle, well-placed metaphorical middle fingers to the network, Conan found a new home at TBS. He now says that he would not have changed anything. “I’m honestly happier now… I’m doing exactly the show I want to do. I’m doing it with people I love. We get to do it our way.”
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